Collin Morikawa Wins Workday Charity Open

The 23-year-old now has two wins on the PGA Tour and is up to 13th in the world

Collin Morikawa Wins Workday Charity Open
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The 23-year-old now has two wins on the PGA Tour and is up to 13th in the world

Collin Morikawa Wins Workday Charity Open

Collin Morikawa defeated Justin Thomas in a playoff to win his second PGA Tour title just 13 months after turning professional.

The Californian incredibly now has more victories on the PGA Tour than missed cuts and sees his world ranking rise to 13th.

It's a huge bounce-back after he missed a three footer at the Charles Schwab Challenge to lose in a playoff and then went on to miss his first ever cut as a pro in his last start at the Travelers Championship.

He looked destined for greatness with his first win coming in just his sixth pro start at the Barracuda Championship where he birdied four of the final five holes.

"I want to contend every week. Every Major. No matter where it is," Morikawa told Golf Monthly last year.

He began the final round at the Workday Charity Open three behind Justin Thomas and was still three back with three to play before Thomas finished bogey-par-bogey.

The 23-year-old birdied the 17th to reach six under for the day and tied Thomas at 19 under after JT's bogey on 18.

The pair then went to a playoff where Thomas sunk a 50 footer on the first hole, which was matched by Morikawa who followed him in from 20 feet.

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They then both parred the next before Thomas drove it behind a tree on the third playoff hole to hand Morikawa the title.

"It was crazy. I got off to a really good start, and thinking back, 75 holes is a lot more than 72 for sure, especially the last three in sudden death," Morikawa said.

"I just knew I had to go low. Justin wasn't going to give it to me. He was fighting throughout the entire day, even with those two bogeys at the beginning, and I just wanted a chance coming down the stretch, gave it, and I'm excited right now. I'm so happy."

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Viktor Hovland was the third member of the final three ball and he finished in third to move up to 33rd in the world.

He is the only man to have made all five cuts in the PGA Tour's restart following the Covid-19 break.

Watch: Final round highlights -

Workday Charity Open Leaderboard

1 Collin Morikawa -19

2 Justin Thomas -19

3 Viktor Hovland -15

4 Chase Seiffert -14

5 Gary Woodland -12

5 Ian Poulter -12

7 Jason Day -11

7 Patrick Cantlay -11

7 Billy Horschel -11

7 Charley Hoffman -11

7 Russell Henley -11

7 Sam Ryder -11

7 Kevin Streelman -11

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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